It's our summer break! The cellar will be closed beginning Thursday June 27 - July 7. We'll have your orders ready once we return!

What is AOC Selections?

AOC Selections is a modern full-service wine retailer that believes in community and engagement with our clientele. We have a staff of sommeliers working to bring you the best wines in the world. Our collection features a rotation of over 3,500 selections that range from collectible benchmarks and icon wines to well-vetted everyday drinkers from around the world. Cellar consultation is available. You'll discover a full service wine campus in each of our locations. You can learn about wine through The Texas Wine School. If you need storage, and are looking for an active community of collectors who are engaged with tastings and events, we have temperature-controlled, generator-protected wine storage at Art of Cellaring next door.

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MEET THE WINE TEAM

Brandon Kerne, MS

Brandon Kerne is the Director of Operations for the AOC Collective. He passed the Master Sommelier exam in 2021, becoming the 270th individual since 1973 to pass this rigorous examination. For five years beginning in 2015, Brandon was the lead sommelier at Pappas Bros Steakhouse in downtown Houston. The program received numerous accolades while he was a member of the team, including a James Beard nomination for Outstanding Wine Program and the Wine Spectator Grand Award. At Pappas, he worked with over 4,500 selections spanning vintages dating back over a century from regions all around the world. Brandon also coordinated the wine education programs at each of the Pappas Bros Steakhouse locations in Texas, and is passionate about wine education. Prior to living in Houston, he was a manager and wine director at both Bar Italia and Elaia & Olio in Saint Louis, Missouri, which placed in Wine Enthusiast's "America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants" and Bon Appetit's "50 Best New Restaurants in America".   

Liz Palmer

Liz Palmer is the proprietor of the AOC Collective and the founder of AOC Selections and Art of Cellaring. She is a CPA and attorney, a perennial volunteer who jumped headfirst into running three small businesses (she is also the Executive Director of The Texas Wine School). She is an avid learner who recently discovered she's a great talent scout! She is NOT a natural salesman, and happily buries herself in spreadsheets most of the day, but if you can pull her out of the daily grind, she is happy to geek out on all things wine. She holds the WSET Diploma, Bourgogne Ambassador, California Wine Appellation Specialist, Certified Rioja Educator, Certified Specialist of Wine, French Wine Scholar, Italian Wine Scholar, Spanish Wine Scholar, Italian Wine Professional Certifications.

Kelly Rau

Kelly Rau is the Director of Operations for AOC Wine Group. She is heavily involved in all three companies and loves to do everything from working in the cellar to helping customers choose their new favorite bottle of wine. Kelly came to the wine industry after working in the Oil & Gas Industry for over 10 years. She was a dedicated consumer for many years before she finally determined that wine was her true passion. She has obtained her WSET Level III Certification and is also a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers. Her studies continue, as she is now working toward the Advanced Sommelier Certification and WSET Level IV Diploma. She is still an avid wine collector and particularly adores all things Champagne and the wines of R. López de Heredia.

Eric Molina

Eric Molina is the Cellar Master for AOC Wine Group. He came to us from restaurants. After many years of experience at Wine Spectator Grand Award-Winning Pappas Bros Steakhouse in Houston, Texas, Eric was thoroughly in love with wine. Eric is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, and he is also a Spanish Wine Scholar.

Brad Fox

Brad Fox is the Director of Sales for the AOC Wine Group, and he has been working with the group in operations, purchasing and sales roles since 2018. Brad has been in the industry since 2011 and has worked in all parts of the business from working as a sommelier in restaurants and tasting rooms to working with importers, distributors, and wineries. He discovered his palate early while traveling through Italy during college, and wine, travel and education have since become his passions. Brad attained his WSET- Level III Certification through the Texas Wine School, and he is currently studying for his WEST Level IV Diploma. He has also studied with the Court of Master Sommeliers, and International Sommelier Guild.